Inside the valley of the visitants.   Posted by Failed GM.Group: archive 0
Final Command
 player, 38 posts
 Bazian Jack who
 Battles Automatons
Wed 6 May 2015
at 14:48
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
From behind the black device runs a humanoid figure wearing a full, smooth helm, its entire body encased in black and metallic-colored armor, a slim pack and dangling toolbelt around its waist.  Fin notes another varjellan, this one still alive, and does not think this automaton's tests will be survivable.  If it couldn't figure out that core extraction caused organic shutdown, there were serious deficiencies in its protocols.  It had to be shut down to reprogram it with necessary information.

Fin waved violently at the varjellan to get its attention.  "Stand clear, there is faulty programming activated, it must be shut down to upgrade its information!"

If it could, Fin wanted to close with the automaton, trying to see if she could either get it to explain its testing protocols... or find a temporary shut-down node.
Failed GM
 GM, 58 posts
 A struggling GM who
 Turns Coffee into Story
Thu 7 May 2015
at 01:02
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
The tottering device's filigree shines golden as it starts emitting a red light beam towards the retreating varjellen. The beam doesn't seem to hurt the visitant. The dodecahedron's stance lowers, its pace turns more careful.

Fin will need to succeed at a Level 4 Int task to disable or monkeypatch the dodecahedron, and also a Level 4 Speed task in the latter case to do it before the device attempts core extraction. Of course, Siai can also react at this point.
Siai
 player, 31 posts
 A Varjellen Jack
 who Reforges Completely
Thu 7 May 2015
at 15:07
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
Siai clicks his tongue and gestures at the seskii. He hurls one of the small round stones in his pocket into the bushes, hoping the animal can understand.

He spots the red light flashing towards him, and dashes for the nearest cover. If the rogue construct's attention is on him, and this other means to repair it, perhaps he can shepherd it, keeping it in the other's reach. Perhaps the other would tell Siai what happened here, when all this was through. If he survived.

Fear is just a momentary reforging, Siai told himself. He could use it.

Can I find any substantial cover in the area? Trees, large boulders?
Failed GM
 GM, 59 posts
 A struggling GM who
 Turns Coffee into Story
Thu 7 May 2015
at 19:12
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
The seskii looks at the pebbles and at the varjellen's hand. It points to the hand. It slowly gets up and walks slowly towards Siai, whimpering and wheezing. The varjellen starts a mad dash towards a large rock, hiding behind it for a few seconds before rolling towards another.

The dodecahedron is still at a long distance from the varjellen, but closing. Its appendages vibrate [Private to Final Command: you understand that it is scanning the area in detail, trying to map the varjellen's current position, features of the environment, etc.] The helmed humanoid behind is at a short distance from the device, running down the dry creek much faster.

The dodecahedron will reach Siai in perhaps half a minute. Fin will be onto the device in, perhaps, 5 seconds.

As a general suggestion, feel free to add to the environment if you feel it builds naturally on my *COUGH*sometimes too terse*COUGH* descriptions. For example, adding boulders at the entrance of this valley would be completely justified, so yes, there are, and Siai finds them. I won't even charge XP for this :) Corollary: if you think that an action you want to try is a task, feel free to tell me what you do, with assets, effort, and roll. I'll tell you if the task succeeds, fails, or if you didn't actually need to roll. It will keep the action moving faster. As for combat, don't worry yet about initiative. Let it flow, attack when you think it fits, I'll do my best to follow.
Final Command
 player, 40 posts
 Bazian Jack who
 Battles Automatons
Fri 8 May 2015
at 12:16
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
Fin lunges for the automaton, tools in hand to stop it before it can do anything worse to the one remaining living varjellan Fin has seen.  It knows it must act fast and decisively, but the newness, the raw smell, the death all around it, has its hands not responding to commands appropriately or swiftly-enough to intercept it.

"Do not pierce the flesh or use cell-destroying energies!  The organic cannot survive extended periods of that sort of treatment.  Other cores can be found, cores that do not require organic termination," Fin says, hoping to find a way to distract it before its programming tells it to carry out something unfortunate.


07:10, Today: Final Command rolled 4 using 1d20. Disable automaton (T).
07:10, Today: Final Command rolled 7 using 1d20. Fast patch, Speed check (E).

Failed GM
 GM, 62 posts
 A struggling GM who
 Turns Coffee into Story
Sat 9 May 2015
at 01:22
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
The human tumbles, rolls, races, and in the nick of time, reaches the dodecahedron and jacks into its neural cortex. Hacking into its programming requires a second, but that's all the time Fin needs for a crude job.

... Perhaps a bit too crude. The dodecahedron starts sputtering, magic smoke coming out. Golden sparks flash from its faces, followed by shocking discharges that seem to target everything: the humanoid, the varjellen, the creek, the boulders, even the sky. A strong pungent smell fills the air.

You'll need to succeed at a level 4 Speed defense task to avoid damage from the automaton

Considering Effort and Fin's training in Creating, repairing, and communicating with automatons, the girl just barely succeeds at the level 2 task to fast-patch the automaton.
Siai
 player, 32 posts
 A Varjellen Jack
 who Reforges Completely
Sat 9 May 2015
at 22:30
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
Siai allows the fear to fill him, allows it to charge his nerves and heighten his senses; a momentary reforging.

He sidesteps the crackling energy-- his reflexes in this moment are such that when he stops short behind the boulder that absorbs the blast, he hardly even needs to flinch away from the light and heat. He dodges it the way one might step out of the way of an idly thrown ball in a child's game.

Sure now that the thing will track him, the varjellen serpentines among the low brush and tall stones, in a bid to keep the construct off-balance, constantly needing to compensate for the moving target, as the other construct did...

...whatever it was going to do. Siai wasn't honestly sure.

19:22, Today: Siai rolled 19 using 1d20. Evade shock damage. Specialized in Speed defense tasks while not wearing armor.
Could I use my minor effect to grant Fin an asset in her attempt (or attempts?) to repair the dodecahedron?

This message was last edited by the player at 22:33, Sat 09 May 2015.

Final Command
 player, 42 posts
 Bazian Jack who
 Battles Automatons
Sun 10 May 2015
at 14:17
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
The shock licks up Fin's back, the familiar pain of electrical discharge scorching its coverings and its inner workings.  The damage is not fatal, not yet, and it had managed to stop the automaton before it had killed another varjellan in its ignorance.

Fin has to take a few moments to adjust its airflow settings back to baseline before being able to speak.  "It is quiescent, for now.  I must download its files and adjust its parameters.  They are faulty," Fin says.  Its hands tremble, and it takes a moment to steady them before reaching for its tools.  It starts to open the dodecahedron again, wanting to download that interesting file.  It works in silence for a few moments before it realizes that yes, there was a non-hostile organic still standing there.

Right.  Interaction must be attempted.  "Do you know of any other automaton attacks in the area?" it asks.  Fin's voice is even, with little inflection, and it does not raise its head, keeping it eyes upon the dodecahedron under its hands.


09:06, Today: Final Command rolled 8 using 1d20. Speed defense.
Failed GM
 GM, 64 posts
 A struggling GM who
 Turns Coffee into Story
Tue 12 May 2015
at 00:01
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
The dodecahedron collapses, opening itself for an unexpected maintenance. As both people stand and watch the little device, the beat-up seskii walks slowly and starts licking Fin.

The device's attack hits Fin for 4 Might points. Fin has an asset for one attempt at fixing/interacting/understanding it.
Siai
 player, 33 posts
 A Varjellen Jack
 who Reforges Completely
Tue 12 May 2015
at 00:25
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
"I did not know of this one," says the varjellen, quietly.

He wanders over vaguely in the other's direction. His normally wide eyes are partly lidded, as if to wall out the surrounding carnage.

"Why has this happened?" it asks of Fin. There is a faint twitch in the varjellen's shoulders, a lopsidedness to its posture that suggests weight or fatigue, though it had seemed very spry only moments before.
Final Command
 player, 43 posts
 Bazian Jack who
 Battles Automatons
Tue 12 May 2015
at 13:20
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
Failed GM:
The dodecahedron collapses, opening itself for an unexpected maintenance. As both people stand and watch the little device, the beat-up seskii walks slowly and starts licking Fin.

The device's attack hits Fin for 4 Might points. Fin has an asset for one attempt at fixing/interacting/understanding it.


Fin takes a five-foot standing leap backwards as the seskii licks it.  What was it doing?  Why would it do something like that?  Was it attempting to, to... taste Fin?  Was it contemplating Fin as a food source?  Fin watched the creature warily, in case it tried to bite.

"Is this creature yours?  What is it doing?" Fin asks, even as it bends to examine the interior of the automaton.  It wanted that file, and it wanted to update its testing protocols before it killed any other sentient beings.  Fin broke out its tools again, reaching inside, glancing up at the seskii every now and then.

[Private to GM: 08:09, Today: Final Command rolled 11 using 1d20. Repairing automaton (T) (A).]

Siai:
"I did not know of this one," says the varjellen, quietly.

He wanders over vaguely in the other's direction. His normally wide eyes are partly lidded, as if to wall out the surrounding carnage.

"Why has this happened?" it asks of Fin. There is a faint twitch in the varjellen's shoulders, a lopsidedness to its posture that suggests weight or fatigue, though it had seemed very spry only moments before.


"Unknown.  The varjellans may have activated this ill-programmed automaton, possibly inadvertently.  Its protocols were not accurate.  Have you seen other occurrences of rogue automatons recently?" Fin asks, barging ahead with its first question it wanted to make to a potential ally.  It couldn't think of anything else to say.
Failed GM
 GM, 65 posts
 A struggling GM who
 Turns Coffee into Story
Wed 13 May 2015
at 01:30
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
Siai sees the helmed person jump away from the seskii, then come back to the broken device. Then, suddenly, it asks a question. [Private to Final Command: The attempt is successful. Fin connects its comconsole to the device, sets up minimal power to the device's datasource, and starts perusing. There's not much to be gleaned, code is terse, cryptic and scrubbed, but a few files have escaped the minification, with some data structures defined, a few algorithms for... disgusting things... and some comments have also been left behind, the following really digging into Fin for some reason: "scribaturhoccodiceinastarianuspergscdcomniaiuraresoluta". Fin could possibly learn more with better decrypting and coding tools.]
Siai
 player, 34 posts
 A Varjellen Jack
 who Reforges Completely
Wed 13 May 2015
at 16:50
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
Siai makes a clicking noise in the back of his throat, then whistles somewhere slightly higher in his tall, crested skull. "Come," he beckons to the seskii, as if this serves to answer the other's question.

He pauses for what seems to be a long while. "I don't know. I have not seen. That is, I am not sure I would know them to see them. I have seen a great many constructs in my life. No," he answers suddenly, all at once-- as if this serves to answer the other's question, and not confuse the matter further.
Final Command
 player, 44 posts
 Bazian Jack who
 Battles Automatons
Thu 14 May 2015
at 05:23
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
Fin regards the code with puzzlement, then challenge.  It would find a way to decrypt it, it would!

"Do you have a Thessa-Mark-Vasheron-three-fifty algorithm adjuster?  Or Cromp tu'Wok resequencer?  This information is encoded," Fin says, before realizing the long pause before the varjellan had spoken had just been a conversational pause before answering, not an irrelevant comment.  There had been some automatons in the Weal that had to translate Truth through five languages and back to understand and communicate with Fin, resulting in a delay of similar magnitude.

"There was an incursion of rogue automatons where I come from, and they left micro-machines of viral intent behind.  I must discover the source.  It is possible this particular machine could be related, and if that is so, I have to discover how it was infected and stop it.  The adjuster is a dark blue, five centimeter square cube with two organic modules on opposing sides, and the resequencer is a red cable, eight meters long, with blue lights throughout, two centimeters thick with square terminal ends."  The information bubbles out of Fin without particular regard for order, but all of it was relevant.  The varjellan didn't seem to be overly confused, or at least it had not indicated any yet.  Fin didn't know what its facial expressions meant, if anything.

"My designation is Final Command," it adds belatedly, sorting through its pack and examining various spare parts rather haphazardly and with undue haste.


[Private to GM: 00:22, Today: Final Command rolled 1 using 1d20. Making a decryption thingee.  (T).
Sigh.  Lay on the intrusion, oh GM.
]
Failed GM
 GM, 66 posts
 A struggling GM who
 Turns Coffee into Story
Fri 15 May 2015
at 10:51
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
The human keeps poking at the device -which by now is hanging as spare parts- and scanning its comconsole. It all seems to hang onto whether to read the datasource banks ending in the puce connector, or the one ending in a salmon connector? Puce or salmon?

...It looks like it wasn't puce. Fin's comconsole interface starts displaying error after error, then it gets particularly creative fractal text-based images, then shuts down.

[Private to Final Command: Make a Level 4 Int check if you want to recover your comconsole right now.]
Siai
 player, 35 posts
 A Varjellen Jack
 who Reforges Completely
Fri 15 May 2015
at 13:33
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
"No. That I'm aware of, at least. Those things are outside the realm of my experience. I don't have any of them," says Siai, in a tone of what might be mild regret. His expression doesn't change, but he takes a few steps over, and looks inside the machine. It's like nothing he's ever seen before, but he goes on watching Final Command speak, listening to the rhythm of her words and the motions of her hands intently.

"I am called Siai Hrauq," he says, rolling the 'r' slightly. He seems to swell with pride, except...possibly not pride, since his voice doesn't change and his gaze doesn't turn. The varjellen seems fixated ont the inner workings of (what he would still insist on calling) the construct.
Final Command
 player, 45 posts
 Bazian Jack who
 Battles Automatons
Fri 15 May 2015
at 13:46
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
Final Command stares at the console, and pushes it aside.  "This is highly defective.  Siai Hrauq," its pronunciation is not a terrible approximation, but its voice lacks much inflection, "are you lacking in experience?  I lack experience in traveling outside my home, but I must do it.  My people are under a threat, like these varjellan were.  But mine are not all non-functional yet.  I must prevent their destruction.  I am seeking allies to help me uncover the source of rogue automatons.  Do you have interest in this?"

This was the first non-hostile organic it had met, and Siai even seemed to have control over other organics, as the varjellan had managed to stop the quadriped from licking Fin.  Perhaps it held control over other organics and they could seek answers together.

[Private to GM:
08:38, Today: Final Command rolled 5 using 1d20. Recover the console (T).
]
Failed GM
 GM, 67 posts
 A struggling GM who
 Turns Coffee into Story
Sat 16 May 2015
at 15:51
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
Fin putters around with the console, but something seems to be affecting the human's intelligence. The console turns on again, but shows strange symbols: what looks like a flightless bird made of text, a horned creature, and... a large snake?

The sun is high up, the wind is light, the device is wide open to more examination, the valley is... disgusting, and purple.

[Private to Final Command: Your attempt didn't entirely fail, let's say you got to 60% of repairing the console. Next attempt will be L3 if hurried, and free if you have the time.]

This message was last edited by the GM at 15:43, Mon 18 May 2015.

Siai
 player, 36 posts
 A Varjellen Jack
 who Reforges Completely
Mon 18 May 2015
at 15:16
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
"I..."

He closes his mouth. His hands remain lifeless at his sides.

"I have travelled," says Siai, after a time. "To many places. Near, far. I would go with you, if you will have me."

His eyes remain lifted and slightly narrowed, blocking out the scene that surrounds them.
Final Command
 player, 46 posts
 Bazian Jack who
 Battles Automatons
Tue 19 May 2015
at 02:49
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
Fin takes its time to wrest information out of the automaton properly.  Fin is hurting, the area stinks to the point of making breathing hazardous, but it had information in front of it, and an ally.  Things were looking up, albeit in a strange fashion.

"I need information out of this processing unit, and then we can begin.  I have not been many places, so your intelligence will be invaluable.  My maps were limited.  Where is a place we can go to ask questions about rogue machines?" Fin asks.

[Private to GM: I'll take the time to get the information, because the dice seem to hate me right now.]
Siai
 player, 37 posts
 A Varjellen Jack
 who Reforges Completely
Wed 20 May 2015
at 22:23
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
"You may find them quaint. Sages mingle with scavengers and frequent ancient places and intuit much about the numenera. Some may even be as good as their word. There is a library larger than a king's keep I have seen. Many places. Some speak of visions, others claim to be oracles."

Siai pauses. A moment later he opens his mouth, hesitates, then closes it again.

GM, should I declare possibilities, or make a roll to see what I would know?
Failed GM
 GM, 69 posts
 A struggling GM who
 Turns Coffee into Story
Thu 21 May 2015
at 20:25
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
As I said in the OOC thread, feel free to worldbuild, unless it would give you a significant advantage. In that case also feel free, just pay 3 XP :) If you feel that what you're about to say does hinge on a roll, then roll, tell me what you use as assets and eventually Effort. I will wait until Siai speaks to advance the story.
Siai
 player, 38 posts
 A Varjellen Jack
 who Reforges Completely
Thu 21 May 2015
at 23:40
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
The varjellen's crest compresses, then inflates again. When Siai Hrauq speaks, he speaks quickly.

"There is a plain the birds avoid, not far, by the measure of those who travel the Beyond. The air is clean and the water is safe, but to linger is death. It is a silent sound, an empty light, a cold heat. There there is a well, dug by the most ancient of ancients, yet some say they are more like us than those that came later."

He pauses.

"I do not say it is a place we should go. The well speaks nonsense, in a language long dead. I do not believe it would help us, even if it could or if it still knew how. But I believe it is a constructed thing, an automaton not unlike this dead shape, but unlike you or I, it is bound to the place it was buried."

He gestures to the dodecahedron with a clasped hand, as if to wrap his talons around the thing, then drops his arm back to his side.
Final Command
 player, 48 posts
 Bazian Jack who
 Battles Automatons
Sat 23 May 2015
at 14:49
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
Fin considers this place Siai speaks of.  "I... am different from the others where I once lived.  It was often difficult.  My requirements for sustainable existence are very different than theirs.  I had to learn alternative methods for sustaining my functions.  Let us see this empty heat that speaks in unknown languages."  Fin raises the translation device it had been working on.  "I do not let barriers like that stop me.  I will let nothing stop me.  I must save the Weal.  If there is anything to learn, I must learn it."

Fin's words are direct and clear, but its gloved hands creak with how hard it is holding the screen over the dodecahedron.  It stares at them for a moment, then turns its attention back to the screen.  It will try to extract all the information it can, then turn back to Siai.  "Where is this cold light place?  Lead us to it, you and your quadriped."
Failed GM
 GM, 71 posts
 A struggling GM who
 Turns Coffee into Story
Sat 23 May 2015
at 22:52
Re: Inside the valley of the visitants
As the human attempts once again to revive its malfunctioning device, a chill falls upon the valley with the sunset, and the seskii starts howling for no apparent reason. A distinct unwelcomeness is suddenly evident for Fin.

Let's continue in the "Seas" thread.

This message was last edited by the GM at 01:02, Sun 24 May 2015.